John Cohen joined Duke's Forum for Scholars and Publics for a conversation and concert celebrating the legacy of Pete Seeger and the ongoing vitality of American folk music.
John Cohen is a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers as well as a musicologist, photographer and filmmaker of note. He has been one of the most important “discoverers” of traditional musicians and singers, finding and recording Dillard Chandler, Roscoe Holcomb, and many banjo players, most notably on the album High Atmosphere. See more here: http://www.johncohenworks.com/about/johncohen.html.
The Down Hill Strugglers (Walker Shepard, Jackson Lynch, and Eli Smith) are an old time string band based out of Brooklyn, NY. They have released an album on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and are featured on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis” produced by T-Bone Burnett. The Down Hill Strugglers are extending the legacy of the New Lost City Ramblers by presenting the authentic sound of old time music to a new generation. See more here: http://downhillstrugglers.blogspot.com/p/press.html.
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton is an American multi-instrumentalist blues musician and vocalist from Los Angeles. With a strong interest in blues and jazz music before World War II, Paxton’s sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson. See more here: http://www.thecountryblues.com/artist-reviews/jerron-blind-boy-paxton.
Sponsored by: FSP, CDS, MFA|EDA, Black and Global Banjo Roots Concerts and National Endowment for the Arts.
John Cohen's work invites interpretation. Although it has the appearance of a "documentary style" it reflects his own viewpoint as a visual artist. That his body of work is called cross-disciplinary, and he has been labeled a "Renaissance man," doesn't detract from the perception of his art as something which emanates directly from his own personal vision.
Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton
American multi-instrumentalist blues musician and vocalist from Los Angeles. With a strong interest in blues and jazz music before World War II, Paxton's sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and "Blind" Lemon Jefferson. According to Will Friedwald in the Wall Street Journal, Paxton is "virtually the only music-maker of his generation—playing guitar, banjo, piano and violin, among other implements—to fully assimilate the blues idiom of the 1920s and '30s, the blues of Bessie Smith and Lonnie Johnson."